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Monographs in Engineering Education Excellence

University of South Carolina College of Engineering and Information Technology

Gateway Engineering Education Coalition

Edward Ernst, University of South Carolina, Monographs Editor

A Continuous Quality Improvement System: An On-going Assessment Process within the College of Engineering and Information Technology at U.S.C.

Susan D. Creighton
Edward W. Ernst
Joseph H. Gibbons
Charles W. Brice
Francis A. Gadala-Maria
Jed S. Lyons
Anthony Steve McAnally

University of South Carolina

Number 4, December 2000

Monographs in Engineering Education Excellence

Edward Ernst, University of South Carolina, Monographs Editor

A Continuous Quality Improvement System: An On-going Assessment Process within the College of Engineering and Information Technology at U.S.C.

By:
Susan D. Creighton
Edward W. Ernst
Joseph H. Gibbons
Charles W. Brice
Francis A. Gadala-Maria
Jed S. Lyons
Anthony Steve McAnally

Published by the College of Engineering and Information Technology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Address editorial correspondence to Edward Ernst, 3A12 Swearingen Engineering Center, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; (803) 777-9017; Ernst@engr.sc.edu.

Contents

Page

Preface 4

Background 6

College Assessment Infrastructure 8

College-Wide System 10

Assessment Plan 13

Assessment Methods 15

Quality Review Process 23

Program Assessment Structures and Processes 25
Mechanical Engineering Program 29
Chemical Engineering Program 35
Civil Engineering Program 42
Electrical Engineering Program 50
Computer Engineering Program 57

Appendices

AAssessment Plan 64
BSenior Survey 69
CSenior Survey reports (sample) 75
DCourse Survey 118
ECourse Survey reports (sample) 121
FAlumnae/Alumni Survey 128
GAlumnae/Alumni Survey reports (sample) 135
HFaculty/Staff Surveys 173
IFaculty/Staff Survey reports (sample) 181
JEntering Student Survey 196
KEntering Student Survey reports (sample) 201
LPerformance Assessment Instrument 223
MMid-Course Evaluation 230
NEducation Outreach Survey 234
OProfessional Communication Center Assessment Report 236
PLongitudinal Student Tracking Report (sample) 242
QBates House Project Report 251
RTemplate for Documenting Assessment Progress 260

Preface

Monographs in Engineering Education Excellence is a series of publications dealing with innovations in engineering education introduced at the University of South Carolina, with the support of the Gateway Engineering Education Coalition. The series seeks to make the information and ideas in the reports more accessible to engineering educators. It is hoped that other institutions will find the reports useful and adaptable to their own educational mission. The Monographs in Engineering Education Excellence series includes a variety of genres(theses, dissertations, and technical reports, but all have the common objective of rethinking, reshaping, and revitalizing engineering education. This monograph, A Continuous Quality Improvement System: An Ongoing Assessment Process within the College of Engineering and Information Technology at U.S.C., discusses the college-wide assessment and CQI system developed to ensure the educational programs of the college are achieving the expectations held for them. The monograph presents examples and details regarding the tools, policies, processes, and procedures that have been developed and implemented in the college. These assessment/CQI efforts have evolved with support from...
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